REVIEW: ‘Ad Astra’ is in the upper echelon of the space adventure genre

A star studded cast like this deserves to be on a grand scale film across the stars. That’s what we get with the new sci-fi “Ad Astra.”

The movie takes place in the fairly distant future, with mankind now able travel to the Solar System’s inner planets regularly and launch long range expeditions beyond the asteroid belt. The film follows Roy McBride, an experienced and fearless astronaut working for the United States’ Space Com.

However, Roy still lives in the shadow of his father Clifford (Tommy Lee Jones), a great, accomplished American space explorer who went on a venture to the outer reaches of the solar system near Neptune. The expedition was lost, though, decades ago, with the crew written off as dead. When power surges begin hitting the earth generated from a powerful space ship engine, Roy is tasked with finding out if his father is still alive and if so, if it’s the lost ship starting these power surges.

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REVIEW: Tarantino’s fantasy version of ‘Hollywood’ is mostly worth checking out

The year 2016 brought audiences films like “La La Land,” “Hail, Caesar,” and “The Nice Guys,” featuring stories ranging from crime to comedy to drama in Los Angeles. Perhaps Director Quentin Tarantino was inspired by that year in film, because his latest feature “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood” contains all three.

The movie primarily follows two fictional characters working in the Los Angeles area. Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) is an actor known for his work in western TV and a few action B-movies. Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), meanwhile, is his stunt double and best friend. Unfortunately for Rick, he’s not in high demand anymore and finds himself doing smaller roles, often portraying the villain of the week.

Rick still lives in a nice house, though, and his neighbor just so happens to be Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). As Rick’s career has been on a decline, Tate meanwhile has a career taking off in the year 1969. With all of this going on, there’s a third element lingering in the background, the Manson Family cult taking up residence in LA.

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